1 EAGLETON NOTES: Sculptures in Emerson Street

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Sculptures in Emerson Street

In March 2010 a scuptress made an art deco figurine of a lady with a dog and it's home is in the semi-pedestrianised art deco building adorned Emerson Street in Napier, New Zealand. At the time I blogged about it on my other blog. When I returned this year I discovered an addition: a youngster waving to her from one of the canopy supports. 

By the way I don't think that the chap second from the left in the top picture is Jeremy Corbyn.





26 comments:

  1. She is an elegant art-deco lady but her heart is made of steel. As for the little barefoot boy - is that the son that she abandoned in order to enjoy her art-deco lifestyle?

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    1. Oh dear YP I fear 'tis you who's heart is made of steel to think such thoughts. (I think she's bronze actually).

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  2. Lots of action the way these two sculptures are facing each other.

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    1. Yes Red I think they are very alive.

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  3. I enjoy public art.
    I'm not an Art Deco fan, I look at this and expect to see a light bulb and glass shade on her head.
    The chap on the left looks as if he appreciates the creator rather than the created. I am of a similar persuasion.

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    1. Adrian in all honesty I'm not an art deco fan either as a rule but Napier is such a living monument to the style that I've come to enjoy it very much in this situation. Isolated buildings in Glasgow, though, leave me cold. The creator was certainly lovely.

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  4. I like the way thought has gone into the relationship between dog and owner, not just in the stylish lines of each, but the way their steps echo each other too.

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    1. Kate I thought that the sculpture had a wonderful fluency and I am enthralled by the addition.

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  5. A fabulous sculpture with the two interacting.

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    1. It is Diane, I agree wholeheartedly.

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  6. Great idea to have the additional sculpture across the road. Both are very well made, unlike a lot of "art" I see in public places and must admit find either ugly or don't "get".
    The artist probably modelled the lady sculpture on herself, by the admirable shape of her upper arms (can't see much else of her figure, but that part of a woman's body is usually a good indication of the rest).

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    1. Yes, Meike, it's easy to appreciate the figures and their juxtaposition. The proportions of the model and the sculptor were not dissimilar just as you suggest.

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  7. What a great idea! A sort of sculptural Banksy.

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    1. That's an interesting though Frances.

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  8. I adore public art. Our little village of Evergreen has changing and revolving public art as well as a few well-known artists that reside here.

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    1. Mrs Thyme it's good to see public sculptures and art that people appreciate. Crtainly for a tiny town like Stornoway we do rather well too.

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  9. What elegant statues. I particularly like the racy-looking dog. xoxox DeeDee

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    1. Yes DeeDee the dog is pretty sleek isn't it?

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  10. They're wonderful...I love them! :)

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  11. I remember seeing the lady before; and I love the addition of the little boy! :) Do you know the name of the artist? (if the sculpture festival organizers in my town should ever happen to ask the public for suggestions...)

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    1. One of the things I admire about you, Monica, is your memory and ability to recall details. I did know the name of the artist. I shall see if I made a note anywhere.

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  12. Ah, I disagree with you about Jeremy Corbyn! I think it MUST be him! what an uncanny resemblance!!!

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    1. Jenny it is an uncanny likeness isn't it?

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  13. Love both of these sculptures...very creative to have them waving to each other.
    Reminded me of a mum taking the family dog to the groomers and telling her son to wait in the car... and lo and behold there he is waving to her from atop a pole..."Hey what on earth are you doing up there? Told you to wait in the car."

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    1. Yes Virginia. I love your suggested scenario.

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